The Tiger Who Came To Tea

King's Hall, Ilkley

THE doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea.

Who could it possibly be?

What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big, stripy tiger!

Direct from a smash-hit West End season, The Tiger Who Came to Tea is a musical play based on the book by Judith Kerr.

This stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem is an absolute treat.

A packed King's Hall was mesmerised as this massive moggy strutted his stuff on stage, scoffing all the sandwiches and downing all the drinks. Superbly acted by Harry Howle, who also doubled-up as daddy, the milkman and postman, he never uttered a word, but his stage presence spoke volumes.

Ashley Tucker was the original yummy mummy, but it was Abbey Norman, in her role as Sophie, who arguably stole the show.

As we all got our coats on to head out to a cafe for sausages, chips and ice cream, we couldn't help feeling it was us who were lucky enough to be the uninvited guests at this slice of left-field literature that lights up your life. Goodbye!

Richard Parker